Regional
11:59 am
Wed August 11, 2004

Judge Denies Common Cause Suit

Frankfort, KY – A Franklin County judge says he won't keep the state from spending money when Governor Fletcher's temporary spending plan expires next month.
Franklin Circuit judge Roger Crittenden denied a motion Wednesday filed by the government watchdog group Common Cause. the group's state chairman, Richard Beliles, was asking Crittenden to keep the state from spending money once Fletcher's spending plan expires September 30th.
Beliles says he wants to keep the state from spending money without a state budget. He says the constitution is being weakened by allowing state spending not authorized by the general assembly. Beliles says he may appeal Crittenden's ruling.
Meanwhile, the state court of appeals has been petitioned by three state representatives in their effort to force Governor Fletcher to call a special legislative session.
Last month, Franklin circuit court rejected the lawmakers' motion to order Fletcher to call a special session.
Representatives Jim Wayne of Louisville, Charles Geveden of Wickliffe and Steve Nunn of Glasgow are the three lawmakers.